New chap­ter in push to pro­mote page-turn­ers

NT News - - NEWS - PA­TRICK TADROS

PAR­ENTS want their chil­dren to spend more time with the heads stuck in a book as the bat­tle against screen time con­tin­ues to be fought.

The NT News and Aus­tralia Post are en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians to Raise a Reader this Jan­uary, with the cam­paign across News Corp Aus­tralia news­pa­pers, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy skills among chil­dren.

As part of the cam­paign, chil­dren across Aus­tralia will be asked to write a let­ter to an Aus­tralian leg­end of their choice with the chance to win prizes from Aus­tralia Post and News Corp Aus­tralia.

Broth­ers Adrian, 8, and Eli, 7, Calarco are both do­ing their part in the cause for im­proved lit­er­acy. Adrian, an avid Lego lover, builder and col­lec­tor, will be send­ing his let­ter to Amber Nai­smith, as­so­ciate pro­ducer of the Lego film franchise.

His ques­tion? How the movie was con­structed and how long it took to cre­ate.

Eli will write to sports star Tim Cahill, cu­ri­ous to know how old the pro foot­baller was when he be­gan play­ing, how of­ten he prac­tised, and which tro­phy he prizes most. “I think it’s far bet­ter for their ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment to be read­ing and writ­ing rather than us­ing their de­vices,” dad Joseph Calarco said. “We read to­gether ev­ery night – it’s pos­i­tive fam­ily time for us. We’ve seen how it has given them great imag­i­na­tions. It opens up new worlds.”

See Thurs­day’s pa­per for de­tails on how to en­ter

Pic­ture: JUSTIN LLOYD

Broth­ers Adrian, 8, and Eli Calarco, 7, are writ­ing let­ters as part of the lit­er­acy cam­paign

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